How To Check the CPU of Laptops?
This is a problem a lot of people will encounter while selecting which laptop to buy. CPU stands for “Central Processing Unit”, and works just like the human brain, processing all data calculations inside the laptop. The right CPU selection will mean you’ve already gotten half of an ideal laptop’s hardware with the rest being a different look, I/O, or any other additional functions. So if you want to choose a laptop that could fit your needs, you need to know how to check the CPU of a laptop.
The typical laptop CPU will be classified by its performance level. There are various degrees of laptop performance based on tasks: some merely are needed for document work but an increasing number of people are using laptops for video production or even game development. This is an entirely different level of performance. There are two major CPU providers right now, AMD & Intel, both of them have the same naming rule to classify their own CPU products by performance level.
The first CPU series is the H series, such as an i7-10870H from Intel or Ryzen 9 5900H from AMD. The biggest advantage of the H series CPU is high performance. So if you need higher performance for heavy tasks like content creation or AAA game titles gameplay, it’s suggested to go for a laptop featuring an H series processor.
If you don’t have much need for performance and will only use your laptop for word processing, web browsing, or video watching, it’s suggested to go with a laptop featuring a U series processor like Intel i7-10810U or Ryzen 7 5800U. A U series processor is not as powerful as an H series one, which means it generates less heat & noise and is consequently good to be fit in a thin-and-light laptop chassis. So if you really care about the weight of your laptop, you could go for the model with a U series processor as well.
Now you know the series name of the CPU and let’s take a look at the model name. I know it seems complicated; but there’s only one rule to be remembered: the bigger the digits, the more powerful the CPU.
Take Intel i7-10870H as an example, the i7 in the front stands for the overall segment; the bigger the digit behind the alphabet ‘i’, the more powerful the segment. Compared with i5-10500H, i7-10870H is more powerful because 7 > 5; Vice versa, compared with i9-10980HK, the 10980HK performs better because 9 > 7. If the segment is the same, the digit of the model name determines the performance level: the bigger, the more powerful. As compared with i7-10750H, i7-10870H is relatively more powerful because 10870 > 10750.
AMD possesses the same naming rule as Intel: Check the segment first, then the model name. As the performance of Ryzen 9 is better than Ryzen 7, and Ryzen 9 5980HX is better than Ryzen 9 5900H.
By now you should have a clear idea of laptop CPU naming. Let’s dive into the key performance factor: core count & clock. Generally speaking, the more cores there are, the better the performance. The core clock is the same: the higher the core clock, the more powerful the CPU. Let’s take Intel i7-10870H & i7-10750H as an example. From the naming you could tell that 10870H is better than i7-10750H in performance, but why? Even though i7-10750H features the same turbo clock speed as i7-10870H (5Ghz), the i7-10870H features more cores than 10750H (8 vs 6) so it’s more powerful. However, compared with i9-10980HK, even though i7-10870H features the same core count (8 cores), it still possesses a higher turbo core clock (5.3Ghz), which means it’s more powerful than the 10870H.
Then which CPU do you need for your laptop? The answer is: It totally depends on the regular workflow you're gonna. If you will only take it for word processing or general entertainment like listening to music or watching videos, you could just go for the laptop with a U series processor; If you will use it for professional tasks like video editing or animation production, then you will need a laptop equipped with H series processor. The H series processor is also suitable if you plan on using your laptop for competitive gaming because of its more core count and higher core clock.
The AORUS & AERO series laptops from GIGABYTE are quite special because they’re the one of few laptop series all featuring high-performance H series processors. The AERO 15 OLED and AERO 17 HDR laptops even support the laptop CPU flagship from Intel - i9-10980HK, possessing 8 cores, 16 threads, and up to 5.3Ghz of turbo core clock. All of these will make your gameplay smoother and promise faster processing while doing creating content. Besides the premium CPU, the AERO series laptops also sport a series of exclusive features such as 4K OLED screens, X-Rite Pantone per-unit factory calibration, and Thunderbolt 3, which will significantly boost your content creation.
The gaming-focused AORUS series laptops are equipped with 240Hz high refresh rate screens, NVIDIA RTX 30 series GPU, and RGB Fusion per-key backlit keyboard, promising the smoothest gameplay of AAA game titles. So if you’re looking for a laptop featuring the H series processor, AERO & AORUS are definitely the laptops you should take a look at.